Friends & Family

The Newlywed Game!

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I was organizing my office when I found two sheets of paper marked, Newlywed Game Questions.

I immediately found myself back in the small Methodist church where my husband and I got married, in the pastor’s basement office, on a marginally comfortable couch next to my then-fiancĂ©, my knee lightly touching his. The pastor went through the bullet points of the church’s required premarital counseling and tried to get to know us as a couple–especially important since we were not actually members of the church. At the end of the session, she gave us her blessing and these two sheets of paper. They are unmarked. I don’t remember if we ever went through them.

Anyhow, it’s getting close to Valentine’s Day and love is in the air and we’re all thinking about relationships whether we want to or not so I thought I’d share them with you. I think you’ll have fun with them. (Also, I didn’t write these questions–they are a bit old-fashioned and more than a little bit sexist and I recognize that, but I find them amusing. I’m just passing them along.) Continue reading “The Newlywed Game!”

Friends & Family

Sesame Street, Boy Bands, and Other Parts of Growing Up

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I can’t remember what year it was, but I first learned about One Direction at the movie theater. They had a documentary/behind-the-music thing coming out and when I saw the trailer, it took quite a while for me to realize it was serious. I thought: mockumentary. I thought: I bet Christopher Guest is playing their manager. (Call Rob Reiner! Make it happen!) But no–these guys are really a “band.” A boy band.

The next time I encountered One Direction was about a couple months ago, when my daughter’s Elmo obsession led us to their appearance on Sesame Street, singing “What Makes U Useful.” I cracked up the whole time we watched it. It is now one of my very favorite videos on YouTube. Continue reading “Sesame Street, Boy Bands, and Other Parts of Growing Up”